The theme of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances is a common thread in much of Kate DiCamillo’s writing. Her own journey is something of a dream come true. After moving to Minnesota from Florida in her twenties, homesickness and a bitter winter helped inspire Because of Winn-Dixie—her first published novel, which, remarkably, became a runaway bestseller and snapped up a Newbery Honor. Her 2003 novel The Tale of Despereaux and 2013 novel Flora and Ulysses each won the annual Newbery Medal recognizing the year's "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." DiCamillo is also known for the Mercy Watson series of picture books, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.
Kate DiCamillo, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015, says about stories, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.”
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